RC is a 21-year-old male who presents to the emergency department with increased temperature and dyspnea. He has a pulse of 106, respiratory rate 32, temperature 102.1o F. SpO2 on room air is 87%. He has a frequent cough productive of moderate amounts of very thick, dark yellow mucus. He appears to be underweight for his age. Upon questioning, he indicates that he has a history of cystic fibrosis.
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Portable chest radiograph shows infiltrates throughout both lung fields. Arterial blood gases drawn while the patient was receiving oxygen via nasal cannula running at 2 Lpm shows:
PaCO2 56 mmHg
HCO3 31 mEq
PaO2 64 mmHg
Hgb 15.4 gms